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 Posted: Tue Mar 24th, 2009 01:07 am
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Mr B

You could get takers on that statement. True, Lee's subordinates did a poor job for the most part. However, Lee knew that Ewell's attack on his left flank was over. Indeed Longstreet was lacking on the 3rd day. Also, Hill was nonexistent during those 3 days (? possibly his case of the "love bug" was bothering him). Irregardless, one of Lee's biggest mistakes was overestimating, if he ever did comtemplate this, his troop strength which he had from Hill's corps for the assault on Cemetery Hill 3 July. One wonders, again "what iffing", what he would have done if he had realized how decimated and weary Pettigrew's and Trimble's divisions were prior to the assault. I'm always amazed that he never utilized Mahone's and Thomas's fresh brigades (as if that would have made any difference).

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